Rif1 binds to G quadruplexes and suppresses replication over long distances

Yutaka Kanoh, Seiji Matsumoto, Rino Fukatsu, Naoko Kakusho, Nobuaki Kono, Claire Renard-Guillet, Koji Masuda, Keisuke Iida, Kazuo Nagasawa, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Hisao Masai

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Rif1 regulates replication timing and repair of double-strand DNA breaks. Using a chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing method, we identified 35 high-affinity Rif1-binding sites in fission yeast chromosomes. Binding sites tended to be located near dormant origins and to contain at least two copies of a conserved motif, CNWWGTGGGGG. Base substitution within these motifs resulted in complete loss of Rif1 binding and in activation of late-firing or dormant origins located up to 50 kb away. We show that Rif1-binding sites adopt G quadruplex-like structures in vitro, in a manner dependent on the conserved sequence and on other G tracts, and that purified Rif1 preferentially binds to this structure. These results suggest that Rif1 recognizes and binds G quadruplex-like structures at selected intergenic regions, thus generating local chromatin structures that may exert long-range suppressive effects on origin firing.

ジャーナルNature Structural and Molecular Biology
出版ステータスPublished - 2015 11月 4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 構造生物学
  • 分子生物学


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